Tuesday, January 24, 2006

One of the strangest eBay Go auctions I have seen

The cursed goban: Irrational psychological association or
marketing hyperbole inspired by Hikaru No Go?

I came across this eBay auction for a cursed goban. The seller claims that the goban is made of Hyuga Kaya. It was originally purchased for $10,000 and was offered at auction with a starting bid of $2,000. There were no bidders.

Here's the key excerpt from the item's write-up. The red font emphasis is mine.

This is a unique set, assembled in consultation with an experienced Nihon-jin go-player and tastemaker. The set is a joy to play and a marvel to see; ready to be admired for a lifetime and willing to be played every day. Yet, because this goban is honto Hyuga-no-kuni kaya from Miyazaki, Kyushu, it will only rise in value over time. There is an annual quota for the ancient trees (torreya nucifera) of which a one piece board like this is made, available only at auction to the licensed craftsmen who form these treasures by hand. That quota is smaller each year as climate changes and market forces take their toll.

This set of goban, goishi and gosu is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the serious collector or Go afficionado.

That statement perhaps begs the question why I am selling an object with which I am so clearly in love. The simple fact is that this board is cursed. From the moment it entered my home my life went south. There are people out there at the close of this annus atrox that need your sympathy more than I, but let me tell you, I have had a string of bad luck, karmic retribution and hellfire from that day forward. If there is kami in this board it is baaad kami. And there is big kami in this board; I did not lose a single game I played on it. So trust me on this, if it is not a demon escaped from the nine hells, it is the hungry ghost of the Nabeshima Bakeniku. That, or whoever made this thing was a bitter man, if man he be.

And if it wasn't cursed when I bought it, I can assure you it comes with all the mojo jojo juju I can muster. I hope you get cancer. Thanks, and happy bidding.

All this brings a couple of quotes to mind.

Thirteen at a table is bad luck if the waitress only has twelve chops.
- from The Marx Brothers

If my life goes south after I bought a $10,000 goban, it would probably be because ChiyoMama found out that I bought a $10,000 goban.
- ChiyoDad


At 3:08 PM, January 24, 2006, Blogger ZenChess said...

Hey chiyodad, I've noticed that I've been seeing "/* in your comments and other people's comments from blogger. Is this some kind of go code or do I have settings that convert certain words into "/* ? :)

At 3:46 PM, January 24, 2006, Blogger ChiyoDad said...

Hello zenchess!

I've tried looking at the comments to four of my posts with both Explorer, Navigator and Firefox (under WinXP). I haven't seen any "/*.

My guess is that it may be your browser/OS or their settings.

Let me know if it affects all of the recent posts or just a few of them.

At 6:31 PM, January 24, 2006, Blogger frankiii said...

What's up with the two crack lines moving north/south?

At 6:53 PM, January 24, 2006, Blogger ChiyoDad said...

I noticed those too. If anything, those would give me greater pause about spending $2,000 for this hyuga-kaya goban (assuming that I would ever spend that much in the first place).

At 7:17 PM, January 25, 2006, Blogger ZenChess said...

Hey Chiyodad. I saw your comment on someone else's go blog about baduk tv, I haven't found out where you can subscribe to it but I have found this website, which seems to offer previous episodes for a price: http://baduk-school.com/cgi-bin/Pages/index.cgi

Also another interesting website is audiogolessons.com

Not to mention you can find some kgs lectures and books and stuff on a certain p2p network :P

And about the "/* thing, it seems to show up when i look at other blogs too so I think it is something to do with blogger...I'll try to figure it out.


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